Brunei Imposes Stern New Penal Code, Stoning for Adultery, Gay Sex

George Clooney boycott Five of the nine Dorchester Collection hotels owned by Brunei  Hotel Meurice in Paris The Dorchester in London The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles  The Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris and The Hotel Bel Air

George Clooney boycott Five of the nine Dorchester Collection hotels owned by Brunei Hotel Meurice in Paris The Dorchester in London The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles The Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris and The Hotel Bel Air

The Southeast Asian country has faced an worldwide backlash over its harsh new penal code, which allow death by stoning as a punishment for gay sex or adultery, while lesbian sex is punished by 100 lashes with a whip.

"I want to see Islamic teachings in this country grow stronger", he said in the nationally televised speech at a convention centre near the capital Bandar Seri Begawan.

Homosexuality was already illegal in Brunei and punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Baroness Patricia Scotland told i the new laws "will potentially bring into effect cruel and inhuman punishments which contravene global human rights law and standards".

Superstar host Ellen DeGeneres, singer Elton John and tennis star Billie Jean King have all voiced their support of actor George Clooney's original idea of a boycott to show their disapproval of the way Brunei is treating members of the LGBT community.

Brunei was the first East Asian country to introduce Islamic criminal law in 2014 when it announced the first of three stages of legal changes that included fines or jail for offences such as pregnancy outside marriage or failing to pray on Friday.

The Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLRL) has called on Deputy Prime Minister and Transport Minister Michael McCormack to ban Royal Brunei Airlines from landing in Australia.

However, UK foreign office minister Mark Field responded that it was better to "work within the broad worldwide community" to pressure Brunei "rather than threatening to kick countries out of the Commonwealth".

Verizon Just Launched Mobile 5G: Everything You Need to Know
The mobile 5G service is available in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis, but there aren't any phones just yet. So, while the 5G network is clearly the faster of the two, it's not by an order of magnitude.

Almost two-thirds of Malaysia's 32 million people are Muslim.

The New York Times reports that a person can be convicted of adultery or having gay sex only if there are multiple Muslim witnesses.

He went on to call Brunei a "fair and happy" country. This sentence now also applies to those who commit rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sex and for insulting the Prophet Muhammed.

"If implemented we believe these extreme punishments would contravene Brunei's worldwide commitments to respect human rights and individual freedoms".

New Zealanders travelling or living in Brunei are also being advised to have a comprehensive travel insurance policy that includes provision for medical evacuation by air, and New Zealanders in Brunei are being encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

"New Zealand has a broad relationship with Brunei which includes a modest trading relationship", the spokesperson said.

He said: "I commend my friend, George Clooney, for taking a stand agains the anti-gay discrimination and bigotry taking place in the nation of Brunei - a place where gay people are brutalised, or worse - by boycotting the sultan's hotels".

In fully implementing the Syariah Penal Code Order (SPCO) 2013 from 3rd April 2019, both systems will continue to run in parallel to maintain peace and order and preserve religion, life, family and individuals regardless of gender, nationality, race and faith.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.